Barcelona: Joan Laporta and his fight for the Barcelona presidency

Barcelona Many have him as a favourite


The electoral race around Barcelona is still a few months away, but things have slowly been taking shape since Josep Maria Bartomeu’s resignation from his post. Victor Font, for example, has been working on his project for the last five years, while others like Xavier Vilajoana and Toni Freixa are in the early stages of cooking up their plans.

All of the above, though, are just waiting for the big announcement of Joan Laporta announcing his candidacy. Laporta is forming his team. He’s calling around those that he trusts in search of board members, knowing that a considerable segment of Barcelona’s supporters want him back. But he knows the situation won’t be easy at the Camp Nou, given the club’s financial problems.

His strengths lie in the pro-independence section of the members and with the younger members as well. The older members are less inclined to him and they were largely responsible for his defeat in 2015.

“We have to have a revolution again,” Laporta claimed then, as he came out as the losing candidate with the most votes in the club’s history. He earned over 15,000 votes, but Bartomeu won off the back of the club winning a treble.

Laporta’s excellent relationship with Jordi Cruyff is something worth highlighting. He also has close contacts with Jorge Mendes and Mino Raiola, which has helped in signing players in the past. Johan Cruyff was always supportive of Laporta and it doesn’t seem as though the former president is overly bothered by Xavi’s support of Font.

The four pillars of his past were Cruyffismo, Catalan identity, La Masia and the partnership with Unicef. Without having spoken publicly yet, Laporta is considered by many to be the favourite for the election. Even his rivals know that he will be well-supported.

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